The HRD Ministry has asked states to bridge the gap in execution of Mid Day Meal Scheme(MDMS) and adopt best practices that can be emulated by other schools to make it a model scheme in panchayats and villages covered under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) considering its critical importance.
The Ministry has made sustainable action to bring visible improvement and special attention on higher enrollment, attendance and availability of food grains, cooking cost, model kitchen-cum-store, water, hand-washing facilities, cooking utensils, eating plates, timely payment to cook-cum-helpers through e-transfers, varied and enriched menu and enhanced community participation.
The Mid Day Meal programme is being implemented as a centrally-sponsored scheme providing hot cooked meals to 10.33 crore children studying in elementary schools in 11.67 lakh government and government-aided schools on daily basis.
Parliamentarians have selected 628 gram panchayats, villages for developing them as 'Adarsh Gram' by March, 2019 and one village per constituency which is to be developed by 2016 under SAGY.
The overall objective of SAGY also includes focusing on universal access to education and improving nutritional status of children, besides promoting social integration, personal hygiene and community participation.
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